Samsung and Apple Team Up to Limit Patent Trolls’ Power
In a strange case of tech rivals working together toward a common goal, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Samsung Electronics (SSNLF.PK), two companies that have sued each other countless times all across the globe, have joined forces in an effort to limit “patent trolls,” companies less disparagingly known as “patent-buying” companies or simply as “intellectual property holders.”
Regardless of what they’re called, the companies in question are under fire because rather than manufacture products of any kind, they support themselves through license fees. According to Bloomberg, Apple and Samsung are among 19 companies that came together in a letter to the European Union, urging that a new court help to limit companies that license technology in order to win court injunctions “when the validity of the underlying patent is in dispute.”
Meanwhile, a similar alliance of companies, including Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) and China’s biggest smartphone maker, Huawei Technologies Co., is pushing the U.S. Supreme Court to make it easier for them to collect legal fees in patent disputes.
“Without this guidance, the potential exists for a court to order an injunction prohibiting the importation and sale of goods even though the patent may ultimately be found invalid,” a statement by the companies to the Supreme Court said.